Whether you are a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or just starting out, you may find yourself wondering how to get higher when smoking weed. Sometimes this is a result of building up a tolerance, or maybe your method of smoking just is not giving you the high you were expecting.
Luckily, there are many different approaches to getting you a level or two higher. Experimentation is the key, just be sure not to go overboard and get yourself uncomfortably high.
1. Try different weed
There are a wide variety of types of weed; from differences in quality and potency to the different strains (indica, sativa, and hybrids). If your high is falling flat, it may be time to change up the type of weed you are smoking.
Try looking for a sativa strain with a high THC level. Sativa strains provide energy, and for some people, can cause a full-on psychedelic experience. Unlike indicas, it will not leave you stoned, and couch-locked. A budtender from your local dispensary will surely be able to set you up with some strong stuff that should get the job done.
2. Mix up your method
The type of weed you smoke is only half the equation. The method used to smoke makes a big difference on your high. If you have only been smoking joints for while, it may be time to try something like a bong or vaporizer. If you cannot seem to get a good high going, try experimenting with one of these methods:
- Gravity bongs: These will force heavily concentrated smoke into your longs, almost certainly giving you a stronger high. They can be easily made from common household items.
- Bubblers and bongs: With the water filtering and cooling aspect, you can inhale a larger and smoother hit. The bigger the bong, the bigger the hit, the more stoned you get.
- Vaporizers: Not only is vaping a healthier option, a vaporizer heats your cannabis to the perfect temperature without burning off any of the psychoactive chemicals. If you have never used a vaporizer before, try using a volcano vape and you will surely get super high.
- Pipes: Simple and straight to the point, pipes deliver smoke straight to the lungs.
- Edibles: Your body processes edibles differently compared to inhaling smoke. Edibles create a unique type of body high that can last as long as 6-12 hours. They are often credited with creating a stronger high for users.
3. Change up your routine
If you are hitting a plateau with your high, chances are your smoking routine has become pretty mundane. Try smoking in a new place, with new people, or even at a different time in the day. We are creatures of habit, and our bodies tend to adapt. By opening up your mind to a new experience while smoking, you will probably find your high to be a lot more engaging.
4. Smoke after a workout
Hit the gym or go for a nice long walk. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins to help ease the pain, and when you are done working out these endorphins tend to help clear your mind and leave you feeling good. That natural post-workout high will provide a solid base for your smoke sesh. Achieving a better high is good motivation to workout too.
5. Drink coffee while smoking weed
A 2014 study looked at squirrel monkeys who had been given THC, the compound in weed that produces the high. The monkeys had the option to keep receiving more THC.
Researchers then gave them different doses of MSX-3, which produces effects similar to those of caffeine. When given low doses of MSX-3, the monkeys gave themselves less THC. But at high doses, the monkeys gave themselves more THC. This suggests that low levels of caffeine may enhance your high.
6. Use a grinder
Using a grinder is good standard practice for getting the most out of your weed. Evenly ground-up flower will allow for neater packing, even burning, and subsequently a better high. As a bonus, when you use a grinder, you will end up with a powdery byproduct known as kief. This residue is essentially concentrated THC. You can sprinkle kief on your bowl for an extra kick.
7. Eat some mangos
Mangos contain a chemical compound called myrcene, which is also a terpene found in many cannabis strains. The myrcene in cannabis interacts favorably with THC, helping to extend its psychoactive effects.
It is currently believed that when you eat mango, myrcene terpenes make their way into your bloodstream and ultimately your brain. If these terpenes are already present in your system when you smoke or otherwise consume cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids will hitch a ride on the back of these terpenes thus speeding onset time.
8. Include some alcohol
A study published in 2001 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed ethanol increased the rate at which participants felt the effects of cannabis. Respondents also reported more episodes of euphoria and showed higher plasma THC levels. Just be careful if you decide to mix the two, as the combination of alcohol and weed affects everyone differently.
9. Go out for a hike
For smokers who usually enjoy your high inside the home, try something new by taking the experience outdoors. Better yet, take it out to a nice park or nature trail. Being in nature can positively affect and prolong your high. If an exercise can increase a high, consider going out for a light hike. Nothing too taxing but enough movement to get your blood flowing.
10. Store your weed properly
If you store your bud in a plastic container or the baggy you got the weed in, this will slowly degrade its potency. Cheap plastics do not form a strong enough seal to preserve the quality of your finely cured weed.
Storing your cannabis in a container such as a Mason jar with just the right amount of air is crucial to keeping it fresh and preserving its terpenes. You also should keep it in a cool and dark environment. A study conducted at the University of London in the 1970s concluded that light was the single biggest factor in the degradation of cannabinoids.
The same study concluded that cannabinoids maintain stability for up to two years when stored under the proper conditions.
11. Take your time inhaling
If you are new to smoking, you may find yourself being a little awkward with the inhaling process. Do not feel ashamed, this is completely normal. If you want to get a more optimal high, it is important to slow down and make sure you are truly inhaling that smoke.
Try following a 4-2-4 count: gently inhale for 4 seconds, pause and hold the hit for at least 2 seconds, then exhale for 4 seconds. Also, try pulling the bowl or joint away from your mouth for a second to inhale some fresh oxygen as well. This will help push the smoke further into your lungs.
12. Take a tolerance break
Sometimes you just have to take a break from smoking if you are no longer able to get as high as you want to. Using cannabis daily causes your body to create a tolerance. If you want to get higher when using weed, a tolerance break is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this.
You do not have to go for an extremely long time without using weed. Instead, try taking a break for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks. You can go without cannabis as long as a month or more if you want. It can take about a month for cannabinoids to fully leave the body of a daily weed user. The longer you go without it, the stronger your next high will be.